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The Third Temple – Physical or Spiritual?

25 Aug

“But the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says, ‘Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool. What house will you build Me, says the Lord, or what is the place of My rest? Has not My hand made all these things?’” (Acts 7:48-50 MKJV)

Has God ordained that there should be a third Temple on the Temple Mount, where Solomon’s Temple once stood and where the Muslim Dome of the Rock (Mosque of Omar) and Al-Aqsa Mosque now dominate the Jerusalem landscape? Should there be a physical third Jewish Temple anywhere for that matter? How does a restored Temple square with the belief that God did away with the earthly Temple in 70 A.D. to be no more, seeing Christ fulfilled all things?

At His crucifixion, the veil to the Holy of Holies was torn in two from top to bottom. According to the New Testament, Jesus’ death and resurrection fulfilled the ceremonial sacrifices and solemn feasts of Israel performed by the Levitical priesthood over the previous fifteen centuries. These sacrifices and feasts pointed to the offering up of the Lamb of God for the sins of Israel and the world. What further need is there of a restored Temple, with priesthood and sacrifices? Would this not be an effrontery to God?

Forty years after Christ’s time on earth, God’s wrath was poured out in full on Israel for having turned away from Him to other gods. Rome came and destroyed everything – the Temple, the city, and the nation. This was prophesied by Jesus and Israel’s prophets centuries, even millennia, before Him.

But in this century, the nation and the city have been restored to the Jews. The establishment for the Jews of a portion of the original nation of Israel was declared by a majority vote in the UN on November 29, 1947, and on May 14, 1948, Israel was reborn. After 1900 years of being scattered to the ends of the earth, the Israelites have returned to their land.

The throne of Israel at Jerusalem has been referred to, in Scripture, as King David’s. The Scriptures declare that Jesus Christ would return, not as a lamb for sacrifice to take away sin, but as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, to sit on the throne of David. The name of the first Prime Minister of modern Israel was David Ben Gurion. Ben Gurion means “son of a lion.”

I’m not saying Ben Gurion was the Messiah Yeshua (he wasn’t), but I suggest that God isn’t above putting His mark on historical events, in order to let mankind learn He’s in control of all matters, great and small.

I‘ve been reading Messiah’s Coming Temple: Ezekiel’s Prophetic Vision of the Future Temple by Schmitt and Laney. This book declares the Temple will soon be rebuilt. It is reported that all materials for the construction are ready and persons in place to perform the ceremonies. More specifically, the authors believe it’ll be the Temple described in Ezekiel’s vision, one that has strikingly different features from the former first and second Temples, and one that has never existed to this day.

What gives? Aren’t born-again believers in Christ the new and permanent Living Temple of God, made without hands? Aren’t they His Body, His Church, His Assembly, replacing the old that was done away to make room for the fulfillment of the real and permanent, as determined from above? John records an event between Jesus and the Jews:

“And His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘The zeal of Your House has eaten Me up.’ Then the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do you show us, since you do these things?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up.’ Then the Jews said, ‘This Temple was forty-six years building, and will you rear it up in three days?’ But He spoke of the temple of His body” (John 2:17-21 MKJV).

They killed Jesus and, in three days, He raised Himself from the dead, as He, by the Spirit of the Father, prophesied He would. But there is a spiritual Body of Christ now, comprised of those who believe in Him, which the New Testament teaches is the Temple of God.

“And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are the Temple of the living God, as God has said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people’” (2 Corinthians 6:16 MKJV).

Ephesians 2:19-22 MKJV
(19) Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,
(20) and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
(21) in Whom every building having been fitly framed together, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord;
(22) in Whom you also are built together for a dwelling place of God through the Spirit.

“For having been drawn to Him, a living Stone, indeed rejected by men, but elect, precious with God; you also as living stones are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5 MKJV).

Can we reconcile Ezekiel’s vision of the Temple with the Spiritual Reality that saints experience today? Though Schmitt, Laney, and many others expect Ezekiel’s Temple to be built on its former site where the Mosque of Omar sits, they also express what they see as the fulfilled spiritual reality of Ezekiel’s Temple vision. So which will it be – the physical Temple, the spiritual reality, or both?

Ezekiel’s description of the Temple contains several significantly new features\omissions compared to the Temple Solomon built. These characteristics didn’t exist in the second Temple, which replaced Solomon’s when Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. And they didn’t exist when King Herod refurbished and altered the second Temple centuries later, just before Christ came into His ministry.

Schmitt and Laney present the significances of the major changes, and we lay out those below with which we agree, with further thoughts, revelation, and Scriptures. Consider as you read this: Is the Lord speaking of a physical third Temple on earth, or is He giving a representation of the Temple of God, which all those born-again are, corporately and individually?

If each of us is created in the image of Jesus Christ, then each is the Temple of God as He is, with all the features of Ezekiel’s Temple spiritually within. At the same time, we corporately make up the Body of Christ, the Assembly, the spiritual Temple of God.

Here are some of the interesting features of Ezekiel’s Temple, which represent the finished work of the cross. Curiously missing are several items from Solomon’s Temple:

The Wall of Partition

“For He is our peace, He making us both one, and He has broken down the middle wall of partition between us….” (Ephesians 2:14 MKJV).

Where once was a wall of partition between the outer and inner courts of the Temple, there is none recorded by Ezekiel. Gentiles and Jews are no longer separated. We know God intended that the Gentiles be brought into His Kingdom.

Isaiah 56:6-8 HNV
(6) Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to Him, and to love the Name of the LORD, to be His servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast My covenant;
(7) even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
(8) The Lord GOD, Who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, Yet will I gather others to Him, besides His own who are gathered.

Romans 15:8-12 ESV
(8) For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
(9) and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your Name.”
(10) And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.”
(11) And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol Him.”
(12) And again Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will come, even He Who arises to rule the Gentiles; in Him will the Gentiles hope.”

Within us, thanks to the willing sacrificial shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ and His gift of faith, there is no more a division, within the believer, between soul (Gentile) and spirit (Jew). The partition has been removed within many, and the two are reconciled. In due time, this reconciliation will be manifest in the world.

Court of the Women

“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:27-29 ESV).

In Solomon’s Temple, there was a court for the men in view of the altar of sacrifice, and a court on the other side of a wall for women. In Ezekiel’s vision, there is no longer a wall separating men and women.

In Christ, there is neither male nor female.

“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And in those days I will pour out My Spirit upon My slaves and My slave women, and they shall prophesy’” (Acts 2:16-18 MKJV).

“And I also beg you, true yoke-fellow, help those women who labored in the gospel with me and with Clement, and others of my fellow-laborers, whose names are in the Book of Life” (Philippians 4:3 MKJV).

And again, within the believer, woman represents the soul and man, the spirit. The two come into harmony by the blood of Christ.

The Laver

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV).

In Ezekiel’s Temple, the bronze laver (wash basin) in the inner court isn’t mentioned, signifying there’s no need for it anymore. Those who are Christ’s are washed clean by His blood and by His Word.

Ezekiel 36:24-27 MKJV
(24) For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all lands, and will gather you into your own land.
(25) And I will sprinkle clean waters on you, and you shall be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from your idols.
(26) And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
(27) And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them.

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7 ESV).

Hebrews 10:19-22 MKJV
(19) Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus,
(20) by a new and living way which He has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;
(21) and having a High Priest over the house of God,
(22) let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies having been washed with pure water.

Jesus said to His disciples, “Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you” (John 15:3 MKJV).

When cleansed within, what further need is there of symbolic washing? This goes for both the individual and the Body of Christ.

The Golden Lampstand

“Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12 MKJV).

Despite the many details included in his vision of the Temple, Ezekiel makes no mention of another very important furnishing in the Holy Place of the former Temple – the golden lampstand, representing the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.

Jesus has come to make our eye sound or single, attentive to Him: “The light of the body is the eye. Therefore if your eye is sound, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23 MKJV)

Jesus is the antidote to darkness: “All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:3-4 MKJV).

“And they will see His face, and His Name will be in their foreheads. And there will be no night there. And they need no lamp, or light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light. And they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:4-5 MKJV).

In Christ, as His brethren, born of God, we become children of Light, so we need no other candlestick in the Holy Place, for He is our Golden Candlestick.

These are wonderful revelations Schmitt and Laney are sharing with us of Ezekiel’s Temple, aren’t they?

The Table of Showbread

Jesus said, “‘For the Bread of God is He Who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world.’ Then they said to Him, ‘Lord, evermore give us this bread.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes on Me shall never thirst’” (John 6:33-35 MKJV).

In the former Temple, on every Sabbath, the priests prepared 12 loaves of bread and placed them on a golden table in the Holy Place. This signified that God was the Sustenance of Israel, the Bread from Heaven. The vision of Ezekiel’s Temple makes no mention of the table of showbread.

Schmitt says, “There will be no need of a table of showbread in Messiah’s future Temple because Jesus Himself will be there to shepherd and feed His people.

I say he is right and wrong – right in that there is no further need of the symbolism or shadow, but wrong because the Temple is not future; it is the present spiritual reality, and Jesus is here and now both shepherding and feeding His people, the members of His Body, the Temple.

Back in 1982, Marilyn and I were telling the Ratzloffs, a Missionary Alliance couple, that we hadn’t been attending church for years (since 1975). Mrs. Ratzloff was rather taken aback by that, asking, “Well, where or how do you get fed, then?”

My immediate reply was, “The Shepherd feeds us!”

How does He feed us? He is that Bread of Life, and we are His Temple. We have the table of showbread within; He is the Bread within. We aren’t hungry, but full.

After all, He promised, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6 MKJV).

And we have no need of a “church building” or temple.

John 6:54-58 MKJV
(54) Whoever partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
(55) For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
(56) He who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and I in him.
(57) As the living Father has sent Me, and I live through the Father, so he who partakes of Me, even he shall live by Me.
(58) This is the Bread which came down from Heaven, not as your fathers ate the manna, and died; he who partakes of this Bread shall live forever.

The Golden Altar of Incense

“Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25 MKJV).

Like the golden lampstand, the altar of incense is also missing from the Holy Place in Ezekiel’s Temple. Why?

We understand that incense offered up daily, morning and evening, represented prayer:

“And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having harps and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:8 MKJV).

“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer. And many incenses were given to him, so that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints on the golden altar before the throne. And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God from the angel’s hand” (Revelation 8:3-4 MKJV).

More specifically, the incense represented intercessory prayer, for the priests were mediators for the children of Israel. Their job was to offer sacrifices and pray for Israel. But they only represented temporarily Him Who was to come, the Perfect Priest and Sole Mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ our High Priest ever lives to make intercession for us, having offered Himself to the Father on our behalf once for all.

In Him, the saints function as priests, as God’s emissaries to the world:

“And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6 MKJV).

“To Him Who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and made us kings and priests to God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:6 MKJV).

Schmitt and Laney conclude, “During the messianic kingdom there will be no need for the altar of incense in the Temple because the Messiah Himself will be present in Jerusalem and available to hear the petitions of His people. In Ezekiel’s future Temple, Jesus Himself takes the place of the altar of incense.

Indeed, Jesus Christ is here and has established Himself in the hearts of the saints by the new birth and maturity in Him. We are in Jerusalem now, the New Jerusalem, the City of God, Mount Zion (Hebrews 12:22), we being the Temple of God, and within us go forth His prayers:

“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He searching the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27 MKJV).

Ezekiel prophesies, “And the name of the city from that day shall be the LORD IS THERE” (Ezekiel 48:35 MKJV).

This prophecy has come to pass in Christ. “THERE” is a spiritual place, the Heavenly Jerusalem coming within, made possible by His sacrificial death and resurrection from the dead.

“Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither worship the Father in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem…. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him” (John 4:21,23 MKJV).

The Veil

“Since then we have a great High Priest Who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16 MKJV).

Ezekiel doesn’t mention the veil covering the entrance to the Holy of Holies in his vision of the Temple. One may wonder why he speaks of so many other lesser details than these. This being a vision of God, we can only conclude that the exclusion of these significant items holds an important message for us. These things are no longer needed, because they have been fulfilled.

How can that be, except the Temple described is the spiritual one – His Heavenly Body made without hands – not the one built of earthly elements constructed by man? Man’s hand can’t perform the crowning touch of God’s finished work.

We know the veil was torn from top to bottom at the crucifixion, signifying the end of the purpose it served. Jesus represented and fulfilled the Perfect Sacrifice within the veil, for our sakes:

“Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20 MKJV).

As is also said:

Hebrews 9:6-12 MKJV
(6) Now when these things were ordained in this way, the priests always went into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
(7) But once in the year into the second the high priest goes alone, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the errors of the people
(8) the Holy Spirit signifying by this that the way into the Holiest of all was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
(9) For it was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices that could not make him who did the service perfect as regards the conscience,
(10) which stood only in meats and drinks, and different kinds of washings and fleshly ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
(11) But when Christ had become a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect Tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building
(12) nor by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered once for all into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Hebrews 9:24-26 MKJV
(24) For Christ has not entered into the Holy of Holies made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
(25) Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, even as the high priest enters into the Holy of Holies every year with the blood of others,
(26) for then He must have suffered often since the foundation of the world, but now once in the end of the world He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

“And letting out a loud voice, Jesus expired. And the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mark 15:37-38 MKJV).

With veil torn, the Holy of Holies was now open to all those chosen of God to enter. By Jesus Christ and His blood, all men in their appointed time have access to the throne of grace in the Holy of Holies in Heaven.

Is it Scriptural to suggest the throne of the Lord is equivalent to the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant? Here’s what Jeremiah prophesied:

“And it will be when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall say no more, The Ark of the Covenant of the LORD! Nor shall it come to mind; nor shall they remember it; nor shall they visit it; nor shall it be made any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all nations shall be gathered to it, to the Name of the LORD, to Jerusalem. Nor shall they walk any more after the stubbornness of their evil heart” (Jeremiah 3:16-17 MKJV).

Jerusalem was the capital of God’s country, Israel, the Temple was the center of worship in Jerusalem, and God met with Moses in the Holy of Holies:

“And you shall put the mercy-seat above, upon the Ark. And in the Ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. And I will meet with you there, and I will talk with you from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubs on the Ark of the Testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment to the sons of Israel” (Exodus 25:21-22 MKJV).’

The Ark of the Covenant

Hebrews 9:3-8 MKJV
(3) And after the second veil was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,
(4) having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid all around with gold, in which was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.
(5) And over it were the cherubs of glory overshadowing the mercy-seat (about which we cannot now speak piece by piece).
(6) Now when these things were ordained in this way, the priests always went into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
(7) But once in the year into the second the high priest goes alone, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the errors of the people,
(8) the Holy Spirit signifying by this that the way into the Holiest of all was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.

Ezekiel makes no mention of the ark of the covenant, the mercy seat, and the cherubim overshadowing the mercy seat, which were in the Holy of Holies.

The ark of the covenant represented the very Presence of God. Within it were the two stone tablets Moses had received, upon which were written the Ten Commandments (God’s Law); the budded, fruitful living olive wood rod Aaron once possessed, and the bowl of manna, all of which represented God’s nature, life, power, and authority. Once a year the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle blood on the mercy seat, which covered the ark of the covenant, to atone for his sins and those of the children of Israel.

Jesus Christ fulfilled these articles of furnishings and their functions for us. That’s why they’re missing in Ezekiel’s vision of the Temple.

One may ask why there would even be a Temple with all the details Ezekiel mentions. Wasn’t the Temple also fulfilled? If the Assembly of God, the Body of Christ, is the New Temple, why do we need any description of the building anymore, though we no longer need the important features and furnishings omitted from it?

Doesn’t the question point to its own answer? While there is the present Temple made in Heaven, composed of Living Stones, which we are, the furnishings within the former earthly Temple represented temporary shadows and needs that exist no longer, because they’re fulfilled in the end product God desired. Ezekiel’s vision speaks of that which is – the Heavenly Temple, not of that which was and which only served to form what is.

Consider how the physical Temple came to be. God didn’t initiate it, as with the tabernacle He commanded Moses to build in the wilderness. The Temple was first brought up by King David, who said he wanted to build a house for God. Here’s what God replied, through the prophet Nathan:

2 Samuel 7:5-11 MKJV
(5) Go and tell My servant David, So says the LORD, Shall you build Me a house for My dwelling?
(6) For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up the sons of Israel out of Egypt until this day, but have walked in a tent, even in a tabernacle.
(7) In all places in which I have walked with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the tribes of Israel, those I commanded to feed My people Israel, saying, Why do you not build Me a house of cedars?
(8) And now so shall you say to My servant David, So says the LORD of Hosts: I took you from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.
(9) And I was with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies out of your sight, and have made you a great name like the name of the great ones in the earth.
(10) And I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them so that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more. Neither shall the sons of wickedness afflict them anymore, as before.
(11) And even from the time that I commanded judges to be over My people of Israel, so will I cause you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He will make you a house.

God didn’t need a house built by men. Men need a house built by God, which the Lord promised to David and his people, Israel, a place of permanent peace and safety. This obviously doesn’t describe any of the physical incarnations of the Temple, all ending in violence for Israel, but speaks of the spiritual one in Ezekiel’s vision and the Book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 3:1-6 MKJV
(1) Therefore, holy brothers, called to be partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus,
(2) Who was faithful to Him Who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.
(3) For He was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, because he who has built the house has more honor than the house.
(4) For every house is built by someone, but He Who built all things is God.
(5) And Moses truly was faithful in all His house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken afterward.
(6) But Christ was faithful as a Son over His own house; Whose house we are, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

God went on to say to David: “And when your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your Seed after you, Who shall come out of your bowels. And I will make His Kingdom sure. He shall build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of His Kingdom forever” (2 Samuel 7:12-13 MKJV).

There was a physical fulfillment of this prophecy in Solomon, but the complete fulfillment comes only through Jesus Christ, also known as the Son of David.

“He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God shall give Him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33 MKJV).

The Temple of God is within, the result of God’s work of salvation through Christ, a new man who walks in the fear of God:

“Thus says the LORD, Heaven is My throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will you build to Me? And what place shall be My rest? For all these things has My hand made, and so all these things came to be, says the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My Word” (Isaiah 66:1-2 HNV).

With all these things being so, could there then be, as Schmitt and Laney assume, a physical Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem patterned after the New Living One? Our answer would be, “What for?” There’d be no more need of sacrifices or priesthood; those comprising the New Temple are free to come and go by the Spirit, which fulfills the words the Lord spoke to the Samaritan woman:

John 4:21-24 MKJV
(21) Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither worship the Father in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem.
(22) You worship what you do not know, we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
(23) But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him.
(24) God is a spirit, and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.

Wouldn’t the purpose of a temple in Jerusalem be worship? Schmitt and Laney concede that. But the Lord says true worshipers worship in spirit and in truth, not in a temple in Jerusalem.

Schmitt and Laney also believe Jesus Christ will physically dwell in Jerusalem with the physical Temple being His operational headquarters. But if there is to be no worshiping in Jerusalem, according to the One alone worthy of worship, why would He be there in human form, and what need would there be of such a place of worship?

Which leads us to conclude that we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth, wherever we are:

“For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I am in their midst” (Matthew 18:20 MKJV).

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 ESV).

Schmitt, Laney, and many millions of nominal Christians are locked into a carnal expectation of the physical return of the Messiah, even as the Jews expected and were disillusioned when their imagined political/military hero didn’t show. These all, both “Christians” and “Jews,” expect to be worshipping the Messiah in the flesh, but what does Paul say?

“So as we now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so. So that if anyone is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17 MKJV).

Schmitt writes, “The reason that the ark of the covenant is missing from the future Temple is because the throne of the Lord is present. The Lord Jesus, the Righteous One, shall sit upon His throne as King Messiah in Ezekiel’s Temple.

In Revelation 22, John writes that Christ is the Temple of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem from above. This Jerusalem is the home of the saints of God, those born again. The Lord dwells within – “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” That’s the Jerusalem Jeremiah prophesied of (Jeremiah 3:16-17). The Lord is present and on His throne within Ezekiel’s Temple, which, thankfully, we are.

The Altar of Sacrifice

“And if you will make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of cut stone. For if you lift up your tool upon it, you have defiled it. And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, that your nakedness be not uncovered on it” (Exodus 20:25-26 MKJV).

Messiah’s Coming Temple points out that the altar of sacrifice situated in the inner court of the former Temple was approached from the south by a ramp, whereas Ezekiel’s vision shows the altar approached by steps from the east (Ezekiel 43:17).

So now there are steps, whereas previously they were forbidden because of nakedness. Which means the Lord has removed our nakedness, or perhaps better put, we’re in a state of nakedness now as were Adam and Eve before they sinned, wherein is no shame. We no longer fearfully conceal ourselves from the Lord, being justified by His sacrifice. We walk in newness of life, understanding and accepting that all things are naked before Him. We are restored to godly fidelity and inherent honesty, in purity of mind, soul, and spirit.

Notice it’s His work and not ours – He shapes the stones. Any work on our part in the building of the altar, by our wisdom and labor, is not only unacceptable to the Lord, but He calls it defilement. Cut stones are the stuff of Cain’s altars.

Schmitt and Laney point out something interesting. Whereas in every other instance in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word translated “altar” is “mizbach” (meaning “altar”), the Hebrew word translated “altar” in this case is “ariel,” meaning “lion of God.” The authors point out that Jesus Christ came as the Lamb of sacrifice for our sakes in the days of old, but in these last days, He finalizes His work as the Lion of the tribe of Judah:

“And one of the elders said to me, Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals of it” (Revelation 5:5 MKJV).

The authors say Ezekiel speaks of an earthly Temple to come, but we say he speaks of the Temple that now is. The altar of Ezekiel 43:15-16 is the altar of the New Spiritual Temple of God.

Laney and Schmitt also point out that in the earthly Temple, the priests approached the altar from the south when sacrificing at the altar of sacrifice. The Lord in the Holy of Holies would be at their left hand. Ezekiel’s altar is set up so the steps face east, and the priests face west towards the Holy of Holies, or directly towards the Lord. This is the True Sacrifice, in Him, by His Spirit, worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. This is that overcoming:

“Him who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he will go out no more. And I will write upon him the Name of My God, and the Name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God, and My New Name” (Revelation 3:12 MKJV).

We now see Him face to face:

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall fully know even as I also am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12 MKJV).

It shouldn’t be difficult to understand the vanity of a physical temple. Do people really believe the Lord will be literally sitting on a throne in the Holy of Holies out of the sight of worshipers offering sacrifices on an altar outside? Isn’t that simply ridiculous?

Imagine for a bit the utterly preposterous notion of Jesus being literally, physically in human form in Jerusalem at a temple, ruling the whole earth from His “headquarters.” Consider that if He is there, it will be a sheer miracle, or at least some sort of spectacle many will wish to confirm. Many people will flock there for healings. Let’s say there are six billion people on earth. Those who expect this physical, human-body return of Jesus will number in the hundreds of millions, if not billions.

Think of the logistics. Divide the number of minutes in a year by say, just one billion souls, and see how much personal time one gets to spend at the temple with Jesus. Go ahead – use your computer calculator.

And how many jumbo airliners will it take to get the people there? And where will they (yes, both people and jumbo liners) stay? And what airport could possibly handle the traffic? How many have thought of these things?

And do they really think blood sacrifices ought to be offered Him when He has fulfilled the Great Sacrifice for them? Isn’t He now looking for the true worship in spirit and truth, fellowshipping with Him everywhere, 24/7?

“By Him, then, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, confessing His Name” (Hebrews 13:15 MKJV).

Do you expect to see Him bodily? Really? Here’s what Paul said of that very thing:

“So as we now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so” (2 Corinthians 5:16 MKJV).

“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and the living creatures and the elders. And the number of them was myriads and myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a great voice, Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing” (Revelation 5:11-12 MKJV).

Of what worth would physical sacrifices be, when all things are fulfilled? Hasn’t Christ done away with that?

Hebrews 10:4-12 MKJV
(4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
(5) Therefore when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but You have prepared a body for Me.
(6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have had no pleasure.
(7) Then I said, Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Your will, O God.”
(8) Above, when He said, “Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings and offering for sin You did not desire, neither did You have pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the Law),
(9) then He said, “Lo, I come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first so that He may establish the second.
(10) By this will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
(11) And indeed every priest stands daily ministering and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
(12) But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right of God.

Many make the case that these sacrifices would serve as reminders of what the Lord has done for us. But aren’t new godly natures His accomplishment? Does a living tree need a shadow as a reminder of what it now is? Will it forget itself? And if so, will its shadow indeed enlighten it?

This is the testimony, without need of reminders:

2 Corinthians 5:16-20 MKJV
(16) So as we now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so.
(17) So that if any one is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away [shadows included]; behold, all things have become new.
(18) And all things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
(19) whereas God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and putting the word of reconciliation in us.
(20) Then we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as God exhorting through us, we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

The old is done away when the permanent has arrived, never to be reinstated:

Hebrews 8:4-13 MKJV
(4) For if indeed [Christ] were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the Law,
(5) who serve the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was warned of God when he was about to make the tabernacle. For, He says “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown to you in the mountain.”
(6) But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much He is also the Mediator of a better covenant, which was built upon better promises.
(7) For if that first covenant had been without fault, then no place would have been sought for the second.
(8) For finding fault with them, He said to them, “Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will make an end on the house of Israel and on the house of Judah; a new covenant shall be,
(9) not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took hold of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not regard them,” says the Lord.
(10) “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put My Laws into their mind and write them in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
(11) And they shall not each man teach his neighbor, and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.
(12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more.”
(13) In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first one old. Now that which decays and becomes old is ready to vanish away.

We no longer deal in shadows. We are no longer shadows. Saints no longer need shadows of His coming, He being within by a new birth. Our work is now in the Reality, as originally purposed. We are His reminders in our living, fully appreciative minds focused on Him, minding Him in spirit and in truth by nature. This is what He promised us.

Those who look for a physical Jesus have never known Him. They’ve never been born again.

The River of Life from the Throne of God

“And he led me again to the door of the house. And behold, water came out from under the threshold of the house eastward. For the front of the house is east, and the water came down from under the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar…. And he measured a thousand; and there was a torrent which I was not able to pass; for the water had risen, water to swim in, a torrent that could not be passed…. And all trees for food shall go up by the torrent, on its bank on this side, and on that side. Its leaf shall not fade, nor its fruit fail. It will bear by its months, because its waters come out from the sanctuary. And its fruit shall be for food, and its leaf for healing” (Ezekiel 47:1,5,12 MKJV).

Revelation 22:1-3 MKJV
(1) And he showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
(2) In the midst of its street, and of the river, from here and from there, was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve fruits, each yielding its fruit according to one month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
(3) And every curse will no longer be; but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve Him.

The New Temple of God is within, here and now for those in Christ’s Body. From where flows that pure river of Water of Life? Jesus told us:

“And in the last day of the great Feast [signifying the New Day and the fulfillment of Christ in us], Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”’ (But He spoke this about the Spirit, which they who believed on Him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified)” (John 7:37-39 MKJV).

The healing Water of Life is the Word of Truth coming forth from the new heart of man by the Spirit of God.

“And they will see His face, and His Name will be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4 MKJV).

“And there will be no night there. And they need no lamp, or light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light. And they will reign forever and ever. And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show to His servants the things which must shortly be done” (Revelation 22:5-6 MKJV).

Would there be need of light on earth with an earthly Temple? I should think so. Isn’t John speaking of the Light within, the Light of all men?

Revelation 21:22-26 MKJV
(22) And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty is its Temple, even the Lamb.
(23) And the City [Heavenly Jerusalem] had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, that they might shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
(24) And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth [the Heavenly Temple is on earth] bring their glory and honor into it.
(25) And its gates may not be shut at all by day, for there shall be no night there.
(26) And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

Zechariah 14:6-9 MKJV
(6) And it will be in that day, there shall not be light; the glorious ones shall shrink.
(7) And it will be one day which shall be known to the LORD, neither day nor night; but it will happen that at evening time it shall be light.
(8) And it shall be in that day, living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them shall go toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea. In summer and in winter it shall be.
(9) And the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day there shall be one LORD, and His Name shall be One [
not two or three].

The City of God

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the City of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24 MKJV).

Hebrews 11:8-10 MKJV
(8) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out into a place which he was afterward going to receive for an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he went.
(9) By faith he lived in the land of promise as a stranger, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs of the same promise with him.
(10) For he looked for a City which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Where shall we find the ark of the covenant but in the Holy of Holies? Where shall we find the Holy of Holies, but in the Temple? Where shall we find the Temple, if not in Jerusalem, the City of God? Where is this City that every son and daughter of faith, son and daughter of Abraham, have sought for since the beginning of time?

Hebrews 11:13-16 MKJV
(13) These all died by way of faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off. And they were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
(14) For they who say such things declare plainly that they seek a fatherland.
(15) And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
(16) But now they stretch forth to a better fatherland, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a City for them.

Zechariah (chapter 14, particularly) speaks of the coming of the Lord. If we speak in physical terms, surely time must be in the equation. In Revelation 22:6, it is said these were “things which must shortly be done.” Is 2,000 years “shortly”? Was it soon enough for John and those to whom he was sent with the Revelation message? But these things were shortly done. They were and are done within:

“And being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, He answered and said, ‘The Kingdom of God does not come with observation. Nor shall they say, “Lo here!” or, “Behold, there!” For behold, the Kingdom of God is in your midst [within]’” (Luke 17:20-21 MKJV).

He said He would come quickly:

“Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the Words of the prophecy of this Book” (Revelation 22:7 MKJV).

“Behold, I come quickly. Hold fast to that which you have, so that no one may take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he will go out no more. And I will write upon him the Name of My God, and the name of the City of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God, and My New Name” (Revelation 3:11-12 MKJV).

He declared He would come quickly to those who were unrepentant, and promised to come quickly to those who needed encouragement to continue. Are these not the things of God within, which come in a timely fashion for each person, in His time?

Did He keep His promise, or are all men still waiting? We testify that He kept His promise and came quickly to those in John’s day and to us in ours. We have and are His promise – “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). He has come and does come and will come:

“I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8 MKJV).

“And each one of the four living creatures had six wings about him, and within being full of eyes. And they had no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, Who was and is and is to come” (Revelation 4:8 MKJV).

Those who have overcome in Christ have entered the City of God. In the Heavenly Jerusalem is the Temple of God, which is comprised of every born-again son and daughter of Abraham, our father in the faith and the friend of God.

The Hebrews writer says his listeners have come to the City of the Living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem – the City for which every spiritual sojourner has sought. But then he says:

“Therefore let us go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Hebrews 13:13-14 MKJV).

So by faith, saints have arrived; by faith, they seek to arrive; and by faith, they will arrive. Are the saints looking for a physical temple in physical Jerusalem where Jesus said we would no longer be worshiping – here on earth where there is “no continuing city,” or do we seek the City that comes down from Heaven?

Has He come? Yes, He has! Is He coming? Yes, He is! Will He come? Yes, He will! “I Am That I Am,” and, “I Will Be That I Will Be,” the Beginning and the End of all things, Jesus Christ, Almighty God, All in all. Amen!

Source: By Victor Hafichuk and Paul Cohen

“The Third Temple – Physical or Spiritual?”
http://www.thepathoftruth.com/teachings/third-temple-physical-spiritual.htm

Important Note:
I want to add a physical Third Temple may very well be built,
but that temple will NOT stand for all eternity.
Only the Third Temple built without hands,
built with our Lord as the very corner stone and
built with living stones will be everlasting.
Lord Jesus Saves

My 40 Day Fast Dec. 26, 2006 – Feb. 3, 2007

28 Jun
My 40 Day Fast
Dec. 26, 2006 – Feb. 3, 2007
Christmas Day Dec 25, 2006
I had a rash on the back of my arms as you can see in this picture.
This picture was taken the day after my fast. I lost 33 pounds during the 40 day fast.
This picture was taken Feb. 4, 2007
In the beginning of 2006 the Lord put it in my heart to fast. I was having health issues. My blood pressure was high and the doctor increased my dosage of Norvasc to 10 mg now another drug was being added Enalapril 5 mg. I had stopped taking it because I didn’t like the side effects. I started searching for alternative medicine and cures. In my research I learned about the Master Cleanser. I learned about how we need to eat to have a more alkaline body. Many of us have acidic bodies which fester diseases, the perfect environment for cancer. I went out and bought test strips to test the PH in my body and I found I was very acidic. I would think about fasting but for some reason I was never motivated enough. Then May 6, 2006 Sammy (my daughter’s boyfriend) took his own life and it changed mine. I was hurting and I knew the Lord was the only one who could help me. The Lord led me to make a MySpace site for Sammy and the Holy Spirit took me step by step moving in me like never before. But then after six months of the Holy Spirit directing me I wasn’t feeling his presence as much. I was beginning to feel physically worse. My blood pressure was getting higher. Also I had a great amount of itching under my skin, my skin was rashy. I started thinking maybe the itching was coming from my liver because when I would eat it would get worse. I believed my liver had too many toxins and it was being overworked and couldn’t handle it all. Then the Holy Spirit laid it on my heart again to fast, but this time he was telling me 40 days. I was reaffirmed on Dec 23, 2006 when my blood pressure reached an all time high of 202/124. I felt like my eyes wanted to pop and my head felt like it was going to burst. Mind you, I had never spiritually fasted before and in church they never taught about fasting, but the Holy Spirit was putting it in my heart. The Lord knew the perfect timing, with over 5000 friends on the MySpace site and knowing how many were hurting from depression, sickness, abuse, losses, financial problems, addictions and etc. I knew he wanted me to do the fast. The Lord had prepared me earlier in the year because he had a purpose that I had no idea was coming. Now fasting was no longer just for me, but for all those on the site plus I had many prayer requests coming in for people with special needs. Now I had the motivation while before I didn’t. I knew I needed to give up TV and the internet in order to focus more on the Lord, so that is what I did.
Fasting is just as important today as it was thousands of years ago. The bible doesn’t say if you fast, it says when you fast Matthew 6:16-17. Many Christians today over look the importance of fasting. I would always quote if you have faith of a mustard seed you can move a mountain, but the very next verse Matthew 17:21 says “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Now Jesus was talking about casting out demons, but if you have a great need, praying and fasting maybe just what the doctor (Jesus) ordered. Before taking on any fast, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Never attempt a long fast without the Lord speaking to you and letting you know this is his will for you. Many fast are mentioned in the bible. The bible speaks of fast that lasted one night, one day, three days, seven days, fourteen days, twenty-one days and forty days. There are 23 fasting stories in the Old Testament and 12 in the New Testament. When Jesus fasted in Luke 4:1, the bible says Jesus was filled with the Spirit. Now take a look at Luke 4:14 it says Jesus has been tempted by Satan and has defeated him, something has changed. The bible now says Jesus has the power of the Spirit. So we can see there is a difference between being filled with the Spirit and having the power of the Spirit. Fasting is a way to release God’s power in our own lives. When we fast it is a choice for God and against our flesh. We are making a conscious inward choice demonstrated by an outward act that we want God’s power to flow through us, not our own. It shows God we want his answer and not our own. The Pharisees fasted and wondered why Jesus’ disciples didn’t. Jesus responded “While the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day” Mark 2:19-20. So you can see fasting was never done away with. It is just as important today as it was for the early Christians. Something else I learned I thought was interesting, did you know even the animals fasted In Jonah 3:5-10? Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything, do not let them eat, or drink water.

The Master Cleanser

The Master Cleanser Book.

1 to 2 Tablespoons of Maple syrup (never use honey, it will make you sick).

1/10 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper (red pepper) or to taste.

2 Tablespoons of lemons or lime juice (approx. ½ lemon).

10 oz. water, medium hot (spring or purified)

Elimination

Sea salt (not iodized) It won’t work right if it is Iodized.

Smooth Move (herbal laxative tea)

Utensils

Measuring spoons

Mason jar (I use the jars that come from HEB’s pasta sauce, they have measurements on them)

Small pot

Spiritual

Bible

My Journal

Pen

Cassette player

Audio Bible

Body

Spa

¼ to ½ Epson Salt

¼ to ½ cup Ginger

¼ Sea Salt

Hydrated Bentonite

Dry Brush

Not shown–Deodorant (I use Thai Crystal Mist-100% Natural aluminum free)

Dental Care

Tooth Brush

Tom tooth paste (I also like to use a nice mint tooth paste which is refreshing)

Tea Tree mouthwash

Water pic

GSE (Grapefruit seed extract- I use two drops in my water pic-it kills germs)

Tongue scraper

Health Monitoring

Blood Pressure gauge

PH paper (checking you body’s PH to see if it is acidic or alkaline)

Day 1 Tuesday
December 26, 2006
Last night I had a dream of Jesus holding my hands giving me support. It was a silhouette of him kneeling down on one knee. This is first time I have ever had a silhouette dream. I know this is the Lord letting me know not to worry” I will be with you, helping you”…
A Silhouette
I quit drinking coffee Dec. 24, 2006 so I wouldn’t have a bad headache today when I started my fast. I got up around 8:00AM and fixed the sea salt flush. Drinking a quart isn’t that easy, that is 32 oz. The taste isn’t pleasant, after getting it all down it made my stomach somewhat nauseous, but I must admit it works well. By 4:00 PM I have downed 6 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I am feeling a little hungry. I have rubbed peppermint oil on the sides of my face and the back of my neck which is refreshing. By 10:00PM I downed 4 more.
Day 2 Wednesday
December 27, 2006
This morning I woke up at 7:00 and drank the sea salt flush. By 4:00PM I have drank 5 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I feel a little depressed. I have been praying. I am very hungry and I want food really bad. Lord help me get through this. I know I can’t do this without you. My stomach is rumbling. I had 2 more glasses of the lemon cleanser. I checked my blood pressure. It is 200/103. I drank a smooth move. My thoughts are clouded. I prayed and listened to my audio bible.
Day 3 Thursday
December 28, 2006
I thank a glass of smooth move. Last night I was sweating some. I feel tired and a little depressed. I pray my thoughts of food will fade. I drank 6 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I took a bath in the spa using Epsom salt and ginger. I spent about 20 minutes in the tub. I am drinking another smooth move..
Day 4 Friday
December 29, 2006
This morning I got up around 6:00AM. I drank a pint (16 oz) of the sea salt flush. My hips and legs ache. My right eye has red puffiness under it and I have a zit on my chest. I have been asking the Lord to remove my desire for food. I really miss eating. Today I drank 6 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I jogged about ¾ of a mile in a light sprinkle. Being around food is hard. My family eats and I can smell it in the kitchen. Tonight I cooked spaghetti for my husband and as I cooked it I was thinking about how thankful I am for our food God gives us. I took another spa bath, but I used sea salt, ginger and hydrated Bentonite. I drank a smooth move. Fasting makes you appreciate food. Thank You Jesus!
Day 5 Saturday
December 30, 2006
Today I started with a smooth move. This morning the top part of my legs ache but not as bad as yesterday. This morning I got in the spa and used peppermint castile soap. It helped my achy legs. I drank 8 lemon cleansers.
This evening I feel better than I have in a long time. I am starting to feel alive, more awake, and I am beginning to feel more energy.
Tonight I don’t feel as hungry as I had been feeling. I am going to drink a smooth move. Dear Lord take my desire for food away. When Jesus fasted and Satan tempted him to turn stone to bread Jesus said man does not live by bread alone.
I took another spa bath with Epsom salt and ginger (tub time is a great time to pray). I continue to pray that I am doing this fast in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. I thank Jesus and all those on MySpace who are praying for me.
Day 6 Sunday
December 31, 2006
I got up and drank a smooth move. My right ear feels strange. I feel something going on inside of my ear. My legs still ache a little. Today I drank 8 lemon cleansers. I went jogging which I like to refer to as a spiritual run because I pray while I jog. I ran 1 mile which was easier than I thought it would be. When I finally started to think about how far I had gone I noticed I was coming up on my 1 mile marker. I came home and got in the spa using Epsom salt and ginger. My family has been eating around me and I am getting use to not eating. I still have desire for food but it is getting easier. I hear fireworks popping and I am thankful the Lord is helping me get through this fast. My blood pressure was better today than it has been in years 117/76. What a difference from least than 2 weeks ago when my blood pressure was 202/124 and my head and eyes were killing me. Man’s wisdom and God’s wisdom are different. I had people say you need to lower your blood pressure before you start your fast. But I have put my trust in Jesus and I know he will heal me. He is the great physician.
I had a smooth move.
Day 7 Monday
January 1, 2007
Happy New Year! I got up around 7:00AM. I made my sea salt flush. I drank about a pint of it. I found that works well for me. It flushes me out well. Trying to drink a quart is hard to get down. I want to mention you would never want to leave your home for at least 2 to 2 ½ hours after taking in the salt water. By 2 ½ hours all the water has gone through me. When I do the sea salt flush it make be thirstier. I am not as hungry today as before. Actually it isn’t hunger, but just the thought of food. It is a lot better now. Everyday I pray and in between I am thanking the Lord for all he has done for me. My friends on MySpace, Sammy family, my family and friends have been part of my daily prayers. Again I can’t thank you enough for all your prayers that are coming to me. The Lord knew the right time for this fast. I went jogging (my spiritual run). My husband took before and after pictures. As I prayed the Lord was letting me know the importance of never trying to do a fast of this sort without prayer. Prayer is of the most importance in order to be successful in completing your fast. I drank 6 lemon cleansers and a smooth move.
I decorated the front of my journal.
Day 8 Tuesday
January 2, 2007
I got up and drank a smooth move around 8:00AM. I got a late start today. It is almost 11:00AM and I am on my first lemon cleanser. I am a little sleepy right now probably because I stayed up later than I should have.
Well, it is 7:30 PM and I made my 7th lemon cleanser. Today I have been more tired and hungry. My son was cooking Eggplant Parmesan with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and I could smell it throughout the whole house. Even after I left the house I could still smell it when I got in my car. I think the smell stuck to my clothes. This day has been harder. I noticed that since I have been fasting I get colder now, before I was always hot. I didn’t jog today. I find when I jog I am less hungry. Everyday I go through the prayer request at least twice and I want you to know I am praying for you. I know I will sleep well tonight because I am very tired. I am on my 8th glass of lemon cleanser and then have a smooth move. Lord I pray tomorrow will be easier than today. I pray it will be more like yesterday.
Day 9 Wednesday
January 3, 2007
During the night I was so cold. The last two days have been this way. I drank a smooth move. Today I tried using lime instead of lemon in my cleanser. The taste isn’t much different other than the lime makes it a little more tangy. I jogged 1 mile. When I got home I took a ginger and Epsom salt bath in the spa. I didn’t want to get out. Ginger causes your nose to run and you will feel a burning all over your body. I find it very refreshing. Today I had 8 lime cleansers and another smooth move.
Day 10 Thursday
January 4, 2007
Well, it is day 10. I got up around 7:00AM. I weighted this morning and I have lost 14 pounds. I took my blood pressure and I got an amazing reading of 109/69 heartbeat was 71. On Dec. 13, 2006 I had a reading of 202/ 124 (That night I was praying, Lord please don’t let me have a stroke before I get a chance to start my fast. I had the worse heartache that night.) My blood pressure was never that low when I was taking blood pressure medicine. One thing I have discovered is you always get different readings from one arm to the other. My blood pressure is usually lower with my left arm. I drank a smooth move. This morning I took chicken off the bones for the dogs with no problem. I laid in the spa using hydrated Bentonite. It is 5:30PM and I am on my 7th lemon cleanser. My son was eating pizza and I am missing food bad. I feel a little depressed. Lord help me, please don’t let me fail. I know I can only do this with your help. I finished my 8th lemon cleanser and then had a smooth move
Day 11 Friday
January 5, 2007
It’s my birthday, I am 51 years old. I drank the sea salt flush and my stomach feels bad. I have a red bump that has come out in my ear. The sea salt flush was rough this morning. I know it is important because toxins left in the intestines can get reabsorbed back into the body and make a person really sick. My husband scrambled eggs this morning but I had no problem with it. Today was good. I jogged 1 mile and laid in the spa using ginger and Epsom salt. I drank 6 lemon cleansers today. I ended my day with a smooth move.
Day 12 Saturday
January 6, 2007
Every morning and evening I take time to pray. I go through each prayer request. Throughout the day I say little prayers. I just want to say thanks to everyone who has been praying for me. I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without the Lord and all of your prayers.
I woke up around 7:30AM and had a smooth move. You can taste the licorice in it which I like. It is 2:20PM and my older son cooked pizza and I can smell it all over the house. The smell is making me hungry. Lord take my desire for food away. I was itching a little and I had a little burning sensation in both arms. Maybe I am releasing more toxins today. I just showered and feel a little burning around the outside of my mouth. I am a little tired right now.
I took a short nap and then got up. I had a 30 minute workout. I have been getting the hiccups a lot lately. This evening my husband and youngest son went out to eat which is good. I won’t have to smell food cooking. Today I drank 8 lemon cleansers and had another smooth move. I was a little irritable today.
Day 13 Sunday
January 7, 2007
This morning I got up around 8:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. For the most part I have felt pretty good through this fast other than the desire and hunger for food. I know the Lord is with me and all those prayers you are getting me through this. I listen to gospel music. I have been listening to Tim Hughes-“Here I Am to Worship”. It is so uplifting. I took a nap and got up. I then had a short workout. My husband took my old back-swing out of the attic. I bought it 30 years ago and I hung upside down for a little while. It stretches your vertebras in the spine. I took another ginger and Epsom salt bath in the spa. I find it so refreshing and it is a great time to pray. Today I drank 8 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I had a smooth move.
Day 14 Monday
Jan. 8, 2007
Today I got up at 7:00AM and I drank a smooth move. I spent some time taking pictures for the fast, the Lord put it in my heart. Today I jogged 1 mile (my spiritual run). It releases endorphins in the brain which make you feel good. I drank 7 lemon cleansers today. This evening my knees are hurting really bad especially my left knee. I have some swelling below the knee cap. I had a smooth move.
Day 15 Tuesday
January 9, 2007
Last night and this morning my knees have been hurting. My left knee is a little puffy. I woke up at 7:00AM and had a smooth move. I wanted to do the sea salt flush but I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea to do it today. Getting up and down is painful and the flush calls for a lot of that. I had a few stomach cramps this morning but they stopped. I used some mineral salts in the spa for my knees. I am so hungry for food. My desire for food is strong. I think smelling it makes it harder. I cooked for my husband today. Yesterday I almost got in a wreck because I noticed new restaurants and I ran a red light luckily the other driver stopped. It was like I was in a trance. Lord please take the desire for food away. I had a few days that were easier but most days I desire food greatly. But I know this is the Lord’s will for me and I know this will be a great blessing. I remind myself of all those hurting and what I am going through is nothing compared to all of their pain. I know this will all be worth it in the end. I just need to stay strong and not give in to temptation. I am just being honest of how I feel. Very hungry. Who said you lose your desire for food. It is 15 days and I still desire it. Lord make me strong. Today I drank 6 lemon cleansers and had a smooth move. (I had a dream. There was a storm and the glass door broke. Glass was flying and pieces of glass stuck in my left side. I wanted my mother to take me to the hospital but she said no you go, you will be fine.) I wonder what this dream means.
Day 16 Wednesday
January 10, 2007
Last night was my worse night since I started my fast. I couldn’t sleep because my legs ached. Every way I laid hurt. I got up at 5:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. I would love to say fasting is easy but I need to be honest and not sugar coat it. The only reason I won’t give up is because I know this is the will of the Lord and all of the friends on MySpace. I know many are hurting more than what I am going through. Lord, I pray this fast is pleasing to you. My knees are still hurting but they are a little better than yesterday. I think this is the Lord’s way of getting me to slowdown. I may be excreting myself too much. My left knee is still swollen and my right foot has two bumps where my veins are. I laid in the spa today using ginger and Epsom salt. My skin was itching. This evening I have been a little light-headed and dizzy. I drank 8 lemon cleansers and had a smooth move. I should sleep well tonight since I didn’t sleep much last night. Thank you Lord for not letting me give up. My family told me tonight I make fasting look easy.
Day 17 Thursday
January 11, 2007
Again I want to thank everyone who is praying for me. I know your prayers are helping. I got up at 6:00AM and drank a smooth move. I took a short nap around noon and I had a dream. I dreamed I was at this church the evening before service. On the floor laid small mattresses that covered the whole room. The members started coming in and laying down on the mattresses. The next morning they arose and their mattresses turned into seats. I noticed they went straight into worship. They never bothered to have breakfast. When I woke up I was trying to understand what this dream could mean.
I believe the Lord was telling me, prayer comes before food. It is almost 2:00PM and I drank 2 lemon cleansers. My knees are still sore but much better than yesterday and the day before. My legs aren’t hurting anymore. I drank 4 more lemon cleanser. I felt good today.
This evening my legs and knees are hurting again. I guess I was standing too much. I had another smooth move. It is 10:30PM and I am feeling a little itchy, my toes on my right foot are red.
Day 18 Friday
January 12, 2007
It is 4:05 AM and I can’t sleep, my legs and knees are hurting so bad. I can’t get comfortable. I just drank the sea salt flush. I want to make sure the toxins are getting flushed out. I am itching so my body is probably releasing a lot of toxins at this time. I feel irritable I guess because I can’t sleep. Lord I need you, I know you are here, help me to get rid of this pain in my legs. Well it is almost 6:00 AM and I have the house 80 degrees and I am still cold, so I put on a heavy robe. Before at 70 degrees I would be hot. What a change my body is going through. My elimination is great considering I am not eating food. I am freezing now. This is my first time to fast and being 51 years old I probably have a lot of toxins built up over the years. My stomach is rumbling so I made my lemon cleanser it is 6:08AM. Hopefully I will be able to go to sleep soon. That is another thing different, before the fast I could go to sleep in the blink of an eye. My husband would always say I was the fastest person he knew to fall asleep. I am not used to having insomnia. I rubbed a little tea tree oil on me to help my itching. It is 12:00PM so I am going to lie down and try to take a nap. Now it is 12:50PM that nap didn’t work my legs are hurting to bad, so I am going to lie in the spa. I am only going to use ginger today. It is 2:00PM I just finished my bath. I made the water as hot as I could stand it. I was praying and the interpretation to the dream I had the other day came to me. I wrote about it on day 15. Well this fast is like the storm and the glass in my side is the pain I am going through. My mother telling me I will be fine is the Lord saying I will come out fine from this fast. I want to add this. I noticed a connection between my legs hurting and my blood pressure. It has been higher these last few days since my legs started hurting me. Today I got a reading of 151/93 heart rate 72. It is 6:30 PM and I have been awake since 3:00AM. I can’t sleep yet I am tired. I haven’t been able to jog to release endorphins in my brain and I am feeling depressed. I feel like there is a battle going on inside me between my flesh and my spirit. My flush wants food and the desire for it is overwhelming my spirit says no. I must do the will of the Lord. I think Satan is doing his best to break me. Lord help me! I am doing everything I can to not think about it. But I am struggling because it is hard for me. I can’t do much because of the pain in my legs. I need you Lord, I know I can’t do this alone but I know this is nothing compared to the suffering you Lord endured. Please keep my strong. There are so many others hurting much more than I and I pray Lord you take their pain away. You said enduring pain and suffering for your sake is what makes us worthy for eternal life. I do so much want to fit that mold. I desire your glory. I feel light-headed. Well, it is 7:00PM and I am on my 6 th lemon cleanser. I put a pain relief therapy patch on each knee so I hope I will be able to sleep.
Day 19 Saturday
January 13, 2007
Well, last night I got a good night sleep. I woke up at 7:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. My legs aren’t aching but my knees still hurt. I am still wearing the therapy patch on my knees. I feel much better this morning than I did last night. I laid in the spa using ginger and eucalyptus Dead Sea mineral bath salts. I am really having problems with my knees. They are swelling up. Most of the swelling is below the knee cap but it is very difficult to get up and down. Even walking hurts. I have to walk and try not to bend my knees. This evening I am using a massager on my legs to see if it will help the pain. Lord please heal my knees and take this pain away. I guess the Lord doesn’t want me doing too much while I am fasting. I am sure this is a blessing, just a painful one. My husband and younger son went to eat Mexican food. I personally am not crazy about it so it good they are doing it now. It is good they get to enjoy father and son time together. When they get home we are going to play a game. I still am not watching any TV or getting on the internet. My husband and I aren’t intimate during this time. I explained it will have to wait till my fast is over. I am glad he is understanding. I drank 8 lemon cleansers and had a smooth move.
Day 20 Sunday
January 14, 2007
I woke up at 7:00AM. I made a smooth move. Today is the 20th day and so I have lost 21 pounds. I am sitting listening to gospel music. I feel sad; my flesh is torturing me with the desire for food. It is 1:09Pm and my husband just scrambled eggs and I smell them. I don’t even want to go in the kitchen and see them. I used the massager on my legs again today. I believe it is helping some. I have having a few stomach cramps. It is 3:52PM and I am going on my 5th lemon cleaner. I am trying to get rid of these hungry pains. Lord help me! I had a total of 7 lemon cleanser and another smooth move. I was reading a book by Don Colbert, MD called “Get Healthy Through Detox and Fasting” It is an excellent book and he talks a lot about the spiritual side of fasting. I am thinking the reason my legs have been hurting so much is because my body is in the process of breaking down the plaque that is in my arteries. The book talks about how it elevates the cholesterol which is a good thing. That means the fast is working. Much plaque can build up in your lower extremities. I felt tired most of the day, little energy. I feel the toxins are dumping a lot now. My blood pressure hasn’t gone back to the low readings I got in the early part of my fast. I got a reading of 145/87 still that is much better that before my fast which averaged 175 to 185 over 95 to 112. I peaked at 202/124 having the worse headache on Dec 23, 2006.
Day 21 Monday
January 15, 2007
Today I got up at 7:00AM. I first made the sea salt flush, took a sip and poured it out. I just couldn’t stomach it this morning so I drank the smooth move. I didn’t have any cravings for food today. I felt good until this evening when my left knee started hurting really bad. I laid in the spa using ginger to help the pain. Today I had 7 lemon cleansers and another smooth move. A neighbor girl brought over some vegetable soup and corn bread for my older son. It smelled so good. I plan to cook soup when I am able to eat again.
Day 22 Tuesday
January 16, 2007
This morning I woke up around 6:00AM. I made the sea salt flush. It is 11:49AM, I just showered. I am hungry again, my stomach has been rumbling. I have completed 3 weeks of my fast. I haven’t eaten since Christmas; my last meal was my Christmas dinner. Again I want to thank everyone who has been praying for me. Thank you father for giving me the strength to fight my flesh’s desires. It is 8:18PM for the most part the day was good, but the pain in my knees continues. I just put some more patch on them. I really was hoping to workout but with my knees like this, there is no way. I had 6 lemon cleanser and a smooth move. I have been trying to go to sleep but I am itching. It is 11:51 PM I guess I will go get in the spa and see if it helps. I used my massager on my legs.
Day 23 Wednesday
January 17, 2007
It is 1:00PM and I just got out of the tub. I used ginger and sea salt My itching is gone now. I have been breaking out a little on my lower back. A few months ago I notice a lump on my spine. It is located a little lower than the middle of my back. It is about the size of a small bird egg. It is hard and it doesn’t move, but it doesn’t hurt. I have been brushing my teeth about 10 times a day. I don’t feel comfortable with the taste in my mouth. When you detox your tongue gets coated with a white film. I use the tongue scraper to remove it. I like to add a couple of drops of grapefruit seed extract (it kills germs) and a cap full of tea tree mouthwash in my water-pic. That makes your mouth feel refreshed. I would like to add never use grapefruit seed extra (GSE) full strength it will burn you. I am going to make another lemon cleanser then try to sleep. I did go to sleep, I got up around 6:45AM and drank a smooth move, I laid in the spa tonight using ginger, sea salt and clove. I had a smooth move. It is 11:12PM and I am feeling very tired. The bath was very relaxing.
Earlier today I went to the health food store to buy more ginger and they were sold out. A couple of weeks ago when I went they had a bunch. I guess it is a big seller. Of course they are the only one around here selling it.
Day 24 Thursday
January 18, 2007
Last night I dreamed my fast was over and there was so much food around me. I started eating and then I realized I was supposed to start out slow. In my dream I was fine but from all I have read it is very important to start back slowly. The book’s say you can get very sick and in some cases even die.
I got up at 7:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. This evening I laid in the spa using ginger and sea salt. These baths are making my skin really soft. My knees are feeling better. Today I drank 6 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move.
Day 25 Friday
January 19, 2007
I woke up around 6:00 AM and made a smooth move. Now it is 8:27AM I feel a little depressed and tired. Maybe these little mood swings are normal when fasting. I know this is the 25th day yet I know I still have 15 days to go and that seems far off to me. Lord help me! Take my desire for food away. Please don’t let me fail. I know this will be a blessing for all my friends on the site. It is 11:23 and I have this mental pain. My flesh wants food and is telling me to eat and my spirit is telling me to do the Lord’s will. I know I must listen to my spirit, but my flesh is screaming out. This is Satan using my flesh to try to lasso my Spirit. I know I can’t let Satan defeat my Spirit. Lord make my Spirit strong against my flesh. I tell myself Moses did it and Jesus did it. Jesus was tempted throughout his fast by Satan. He stayed strong and by defeating Satan the bible says Jesus came out from his fast with the
power of the Spirit. I want the power of the Spirit in my life for my prayers to help those in need and to heal me. This evening I laid in the spa using ginger, sea salt, and clove. I drank 8 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move. Today my knees are doing much better. My left knee only hurts a little and my right knee is back to normal. My son bought a treadmill and I worked out on it just a little and I did a few setups.
Day 26 Saturday
January 20, 2007
It is amazing how the Lord continues to help me get through each day. Some days have been so difficult yet the Lord provides me with the strength to go on. I am sure many prayers are being answered. Those who have been praying for me I have been asking the Lord to send special blessing your way. I thank you so much from the depths of my heart. Today I woke up around 8:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. During the night I woke up at 4:00AM and it took me about 45 minutes to fall back to sleep, but the rest of the night I slept well. The toes on my right foot look a little strange. The other day my toes on that foot were real red, now they look sort of dried out. At 2:00PM I went to a baby shower. I prayed before and asked the Lord to help me be strong so I could resist any temptation of food. Thanks to the Lord I found it easy even though all the food set right in front of me.
Day 27 Sunday
January 21, 2007
I woke up around 7:00Am and drank a smooth move. It is 1:42PM and I am desiring food again really bad. My husband cooked some veggie burgers and I am smelling them. He is eating in the next room and I can hear him eating chips. Help me Lord; take this desire for food away. Please don’t let me fail. It is 1:46PM and I am on my 4th lemon cleanser, my stomach has been rumbling again. Today was a rough day as far as my desire for food. I ran and walked 1 mile on the treadmill. I laid in the spa using ginger and sea salt. I drank 6 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move.
Day 28 Monday
January 22, 2007
I didn’t sleep well last night, but it was caused by things waking me, the phone and the dogs. I woke up at 7:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. My husband is off work for a few days so he is going to go on the fast for 2 or 3 days. This morning I made him the sea salt flush (32 oz quart size) since this is his first day. I started out drinking the quart the first two times then I decreased it to a pint (16oz). I drank 6 lemon cleansers and had a smooth move. Today was a good day. My husband completed today, but he was feeling tired being this was his first day.
Day 29 Tuesday
January 23, 2007
This morning I woke up around 6:50AM. I drank the sea salt flush. I am having a little itching on my mid and lower back. It has started breaking out near the lump on my spine. Since I first noticed the lump a few months ago I have never had any pain associated with it. This evening I did some sit-ups and I had a little workout on the treadmill. I laid in the spa using ginger, sea salt, and clove. I drank 6 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move. Today is my husbands second day on the fast and he has been very hungry. He has been weak and nauseated. He did the sea salt flush (16oz) this morning. He had 6 lemon cleansers. For him it is difficult drinking the smooth move, he says it is the worst tasting tea he has ever tasted. It doesn’t bother me, I think it taste fine. It gives me something different to taste other than the master cleanser. Before my husband started this fast he was saying things like how easy it is to go without eating for a few days. But just 2 days on the fast he has found it to be difficult. I told him it wasn’t easy but the Lord and the prayers are what’s helping me get through this fast.
Day 30 Wednesday
January 24, 2007
Today I woke up around 7:00AM. I drank a smooth move. I weighed this morning and I have lost 26 pounds, I took my blood pressure this morning and I got a reading of 111/68 with a 66 heart rate. I did another reading and this time I got an amazing low of 106/63 with a heart rate of 63. It has been years since I had a blood pressure reading that low, actually I don’t remember it ever being that low, maybe when I was a teenager. I have been listening to Christian radio 100.7 FM; I really enjoy listening to the Bible Answer Man. I drank 6 lemon cleansers and I had another smooth move this evening. I had my husband rub some hydrated Bentonite on my lower back where it has been breaking out. My husband finished up his 3 day fast today.
Day 31 Thursday
January 25, 2007
I woke up at 7:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. Today my husband and I went to the park and we both jogged a mile. My legs never bothered me but I found the jogging difficult. After my jog my throat and lungs felt like they were burning. I have been very hungry today. Since my husband’s 3 day fast is over he ate an orange then he ate a bowl of cheerios with soy milk. So far he feels fine. I must say just driving around in the car there are restaurants everywhere. Yesterday we went to Ace Hardware and they were giving away fresh popcorn. Food is everywhere but then I think about those starving in other countries, it is so hard to imagine the pain those people are suffering. It really makes me sad when I think of the children. It is 3:38PM I am continuing to get amazing blood pressure reading. It is truly awesome. Some would say it is because of the weight lose but three years ago I still weighted less than I do now but my blood pressure was ranging around 155/95 so I know that is more than just weight loss. It is 4:06PM and I took some blood pressure readings and I broke new low records 96/60 and 95/59. I can’t believe how outstanding my blood pressure is, it is remarkable. It is 6:22PM my husband took my youngest son out to eat at Lubys. He had a vegetable plate. I feel very tired and extremely hungry. It is getting harder to down the lemon cleanser. So far I have had 4 of them. Lord help me continue with this fast. My desire for food is great. I know I can only do this with your help. My face looks splotchy and my left eye lid is droopy. Tonight I laid in the spa using ginger, sea salt, and mineral salts. I had 6 lemon cleanser today and a smooth move. It was difficult to get the drinks down but I managed.
Day 32 Friday
January 26, 2007
Today I woke up at 7:00 AM. I drank a smooth move. I took my blood pressure this morning and I got a reading of 99/56 and a heart rate of 62. That was from my left arm, then I took a reading in my right arm and I got 99/60 heart rate 63. It is 2:41PM and my family ordered pizza, it smells so good. Today I learned something really interesting. There is a big difference between refined salt and unrefined sea salt. Unrefined sea salt is healthy for the body in moderation. It can actually lower high blood pressure. It also has an alkaline effect on the body. A test was done that showed how 1 teaspoon of the unrefined sea salt increased to PH in a ½ cup of water from 6.4 to 6.8-7.0 then the same test was done with refined salt and the PH decreased from 6.4-6.0. A healthy body needs to have a PH that stays around 7.2 though usually in the morning it is lower. I have been reading a book called “Salt Your Way To Health” by David Brownstein, MD. He recommends using either Celtic or Redmond sea salt. It is an excellent book and I highly recommend reading it. His website is www.drbrownstein.com. It is 6:33PM and I am feeling very light-headed. It is 8:46 PM and I just finished my 6th lemon cleanser. I had a smooth move.
Day 33 Saturday
January 27, 2007
It is 3:42AM and I can’t sleep. I have been awake since 3:00AM. My back is itching and I know it is going to continue unless I go lay in the spa. I am very tired. It is now 5:30AM and I just finished lying in the spa. All my itching is gone, I used ginger and sea salt. After the spa bath I had no trouble sleeping. I woke up at 9:00 AM and drank the sea salt flush. It is 12:37PM and I have just now drank my 1st lemon cleanser. I am getting a late start today. Earlier all I wanted was plain water. It is 9:07 PM and all I have managed to get down is 4 lemon cleansers. I am hungry but I just can’t drink anymore today. I am going to have a smooth move and just plain water. My husband and son went out to eat Mexican Food. We played Bible Trivia this evening.
Day 34 Sunday
January 28, 2007
Each day is a struggle for me. You would think being my last week I would find it easier but my flesh is fighting back harder against my spirit. My flesh is making it hard to drink my drink and I am struggling to get them down. I don’t want to get physically weak. Continual prayer and knowing this is the will Of God is the strength that is getting me through each day. I know this fast will be a blessing for the site, so I know this is necessary that I not let my flesh and Satan win out. Lord please help me get through these last few days! I woke up at 8:30 AM and drank a smooth move. It is hard deciding rather to drink the sea salt or the smooth move because anything I drink is hard to get down. I took my blood pressure and I got a reading of 113/63 heart rate of 60 on my left arm. My right arm had a reading of 111/63 heart rate 56. My emotions are running rapid. I feel like crying. My stomach is rumbling with hungry. I am thinking I may go run and pray. Right now I feel almost like I can’t keep going but I know I must. Lord help me and please don’t let me fail. I know the only way I can do this is with your help. Well, I jogged 1 mile and it felt good. It is 4:19 PM and I just finished my first lemon cleanser. It is getting very difficult for me to drink it. I just poured a glass of water and I am going to drink it. I don’t think I am going to be able to drink my 6 lemon cleansers anymore. I just pray I don’t get weak before my fast is over. I laid in the spa using ginger and sea salt. I managed to drink 3 lemon cleansers today and I had another smooth move.
Day 35 Monday
January 29, 2007
I woke up at 5:00AM stayed awake about 45 minutes before falling back to sleep. I woke up at 7:08AM and made the sea salt flush but today I couldn’t drink it so I made the smooth move instead. I want food, but it is hard putting the drink in my body. The easiest thing for me to down is water. Everyday now I am getting excellent blood pressure readings. I have lost 28 pounds and I feel much better than before I started my fast. I have 5 days left after today. Each day I have to take it one day at a time. I must make it through my lows and highs with the help of the Lord and those praying for me. Without yours prayers and the Lord I know I would have given up a long time ago. This is the first time in my life to fast so it really has been a new experience. But it has been a struggle so I am not going to lie and say it was easy. Well it is 9:00PM; I laid in the spa using ginger and sea salt. I drank 6 lemon cleansers, but the only way I could get them down was by taking the ingredients separately. I may have to continue this way until my fast is over. I had a smooth move.
Day 36 Tuesday
January 30, 2007
I woke up at 4:00 AM and it is now 4:47AM. I have been thinking and praying, I know the Lord is helping me and I think back to the first night when I had dreamed about Jesus holding my hands. He was letting me know from the beginning he was with me. The fact it was a silhouette dream, something I have never had before lets me know it came from the Lord. The Lord is truly amazing. I pray I am doing this fast in a way that is pleasing to you Lord. I woke up at 7:00AM, I was sleeping really well but I had to get up to get my son off to school. I drank the sea salt flush this morning. I took a short nap and had a workout on the treadmill and I did a few sit-ups. I have been drinking my lemon cleansers by separating the ingredients. I managed to get 4 down today and a smooth move.
Day 37 Wednesday
January 31, 2007
I woke up around 7:00AM and I drank a smooth move. Since I have been on this fast my family hasn’t been eating very healthy. I have been letting my husband and older son go to the store but they come home with mostly unhealthy food. They never buy vegetables. Today I am going to go to the store and I pray I will stay strong from the temptation of food. I am planning to make a big pot of vegetable soup so after my fast I will sip on the broth and then start eating it. I ended up going to Whole Foods. I made sure to pray before entering the store. If you have ever been to one you know how wonderful that store is. They give out free samples but of course I knew I would not be able to try any. Everything looked great. I bought all kinds of organic fruits and vegetables. I didn’t realize just how much I was spending until I got to the register. I spent $275.00. It is a great store but their prices are high. When I got home I decided to cook for my family since I figured they needed to have a good meal to eat.. I spent hours in the kitchen preparing food. I bought so many different kinds of vegetables. I made a stew for them and some cornbread. I also decided to go ahead a make my homemade vegetable soup. I ended up making two pots of it so I decided to freeze it since I can’t eat any for a few more days. I know freezing isn’t the best way to do things but my excitement got the best of me and I was gun hoe about making it. But now I have something to look forward to when I can eat. I was only able to drink 4 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move.
Day 38 Thursday
February 1, 2007
I woke up at 7:00 AM and I drank the sea salt flush. I was just thinking of what a blessing this fast has been and for the Lord to put this in my heart. I know my previous years I would never had thought or even desired to take on a fast of this sort. Truly I am blessed for the Lord has continued to get me through each day one at a time. As my fast is nearing the end I continue to give thanks to the Lord and all of you who have been praying for me. Today I laid in the spa for an hour using ginger and sea salt. I only managed to drink 1 lemon cleanser. I am trying to drink plain water. It is very difficult to drink even water but I am trying. I cut up a salad for the family and I made them some peanut butter crispy snacks. I did manage to drink a smooth move.
Day 39 Friday
February 2, 2007
Today I woke up at 7:00AM. I am having a lot of rumbling in my stomach. I feel a little edgy, my patience is wearing thin. Today I drank 2 lemon cleansers and had my morning smooth move and my evening one. It is good my fast is nearing the end because you wouldn’t believe how hard it is now to drink these things. It may have been easier had I had a variety of different juices to choose from, but I didn’t want to change what I had started. It is 10:04PM and I have about 26 hours left.
Day 40 Saturday
February 3, 2007
It is 3:21AM I have been awake for 2 hours. I woke up around 1:00AM and I was itching like crazy. I laid around for about 30 minutes trying to go back to sleep but the itching was terrible so I laid in the spa for about 1 hour using ginger and sea salt. I still have a little itching but it is much better. I feel like my body is dumping a lot of toxins now maybe because I am mostly drinking water. I have lost 33 pounds since I started this fast. I am hoping I will now be able to sleep. I ended up falling to sleep quickly. I woke up at 8:30AM. I could only get down 8 oz. of the sea salt flush. I drank 3 lemon cleansers today. I decided not to drink the  smooth move.
Sunday February 4, 2007 Praise The Lord! I am so thankful the Lord saw me through the fast. AMEN!!! First day after the fast. At 12:15am I heated up some of the homemade organic soup. I ate a small amount and went to sleep. I had no problems eating. I learned that the greatest blessings followed fasting and praying!

Note**** It you are a Diabetic there are special instructions In the Master Cleanser.

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